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Future iPhones Could Have Curved Screens and Touchless Control

Future iPhones Could Have Curved Screens and Touchless Control

Engineers at the company are working on developing curved iPhones and touchless features that would ultimately allow users to control the handset's onboard software without ever touching its screen, Bloomberg is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its research. The report said that the iPhone display Apple is now developing detects finger gestures even without physically touching the screen.

Apple's curved screen design is rumoured to take a different approach to Samsung's with a curve that extends from top to bottom instead of at the edges.

The new devices coming after Apple's iPhone X could feature some of the newest technological advances of any recent smartphones.

The air gestures on the Galaxy S4 let its owners check out photos or go down a scroll by merely using hand swipes at a distance.

However, neither of these concepts are new, with Samsung a few years ago introducing a similar technology called Air Gestures for touchless control of its phones.

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As for Apple's curved screen iPhone, it would have a curve that ran from top to bottom.

The report, published Wednesday, says Apple is looking into these radical changes in order to differentiate in the crowded smartphone market.

Released earlier this week, iOS 11.4 Beta brings a couple of new features to the table and the most noticeable ones are Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2. The new OLED iPhone X will have a screen size of 6.5 inches as compared to the previous iPhone X size 5.8 inch. That division - which includes the App Store, AppleCare, Apple Music, iTunes and Apple Pay - topped $8.5 billion in the company's recently completed first fiscal quarter, up 13% year-over-year. However, Samsung's feature used a motion sensor on the phone's bezel rather than technology built into the display panel.

Apple's patent for bendable batteries means you could squeeze a cell into more parts of an iPhone's body. Ben Lovejoy speculated how curved screens could eventually lead to a foldable iPhone, which certainly seems more practical than this.